The Portland girls soccer team faced the first of its four 2021 out-of-conference opponents and came away with a satisfying win Wednesday.
Cam DiMauro and Kendra Schoeps scored as the host Highlanders defeated Suffield, a Class L program, 2-1.
McKenzie LaMalfa had an assist for Portland, one of the few teams in Class S still without a loss. The Highlanders remained unbeaten through seven matches (5-0-2).
Suffield came into the match with a 7-1-0 record.
“It was a very good non-league match for us to help get us ready for states,” said Portland coach Joe Santavenere. “They are a really solid team, so it’s a really good win for us.
Santavenere said his team “did a nice job moving the ball, creating some good scoring opportunities.” Portland outshot Suffield 14-9.
“Our central defenders and mids were all over the place today,” he said. “It was a solid performance overall by our entire team.
Sarah Kent scored for Suffield. Hannah Brunk had 6 saves for the Highlanders.
In other girls soccer matches around the county on Wednesday:
Morgan 2, Coginchaug 0
Highlights: At Indian River Complex, Glenda Zhiminaicela scored earlier in the second half and Taylor Maher’s goal in the 60th minute iced the Huskies’ Shoreline Conference win. Zhiminaicela was assisted by Maeve Madura and Maher was assisted by Caeley Ayer. Morgan (6-0-3) recorded its sixth shutout of the season. Keeper Angelina Comiskey had 7 saves, while Emma Samperi had 5 for Coginchaug (6-2-1).
Next Match: Morgan at Waterford, Saturday, 10am; Coginchaug at Suffield, Saturday, 11am.
Cromwell 4, East Hampton 0
Highlights: Liv Lusitani and Erin Sokolowski scored 2 goals apiece to power the Panthers to their Shoreline win at home. Lusitani also had an assist. Keeper Lily Kenney had 12 saves for Cromwell. Jessica Tripp made 22 saves for the Bellringers.
Next Match: Cromwell (4-0-4) at Morgan, Monday, 10:30am; East Hampton (2-5-2) at Hale-Ray, Thursday, 4pm.
Haddam-Killingworth 5, Westbrook 1
Highlights: Tu-Lanh Criscoulo scored 3 goals and Yumi Imai had 2 to power the defending Shoreline champion Cougars to victory on the road. H-K, currently a middle-of-the-pack team in the conference, won its second straight. Imai set up two of Criscoulo’s score, with the other assist going to Leah Chester. Imai was assisted by Criscoulo and Emmy Kehlenbach. Kayla Prisley scored for Westbrook. H-K keeper Rhianna Phipps had 3 saves. Adriana Stranieri had 7 for the Knights.
Next Match: H-K (5-3-1) hosts Old Lyme, Thursday, 3:45; Westbrook (1-8) visits Old Saybrook, Thursday, 3:45.
Hale-Ray 2, Cromwell 1
Highlights: Hunter Rafala tied the match in the 68th minute, and Justin Kolasinski’s goal with 8 minutes left in the match proved to be the winner as the Noises defeated the Panthers in Moodus. Jacob Salafia gave Cromwell the lead in the 51st minute.
Next Match: Hale-Ray (4-3-0) at East Hampton, Friday, 3:45; Cromwell (5-3-1) at Valley Regional, Saturday, 6:30.
Old Lyme 3, Morgan 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-20)
Highlights: For Old Lyme, Melanie Warren had 6 aces, 6 kills and 7 digs; Abby Sicuranza had 5 aces and 5 kills; Maddie Thompson had 10 digs.; and Abby Speckhals had 11 assists.
Next Match: Old Lyme (7-4) at North Branford, Friday, 4pm; Morgan hosts Valley Regional, Friday, 5:30.
Middletown 3, Bulkeley 1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-19)
Highlights: The Blue Dragons won for the first time after an 0-9 start. Jada Bryant with 7 kills, Ava Steiner with 7 aces and 6 kills, and Jordan LaPointe with 11 aces led Middletown.
Next Match: Middletown at Manchester, Wednesday.